Should I Purchase a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Leet Apple, Dec 11, 2013.


Mac Mini or PC, Both W/ Moniter for XB1

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  1. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

    Leet Apple

    Nov 10, 2009
    i currently have a MBP (As you can see in my signature) and thinking of getting something for my room, i recently purchased an Xbox One so i'm trying to keep in mind something that i can play games on monitor wise but at the same time a good desktop or should I just get a PC?
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Get the Mini, cause I'm too tired to bother asking why you need another computer in the first place. Actually, why not just buy a TV?
  3. Leet Apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Leet Apple

    Nov 10, 2009
    it would take up most of the space on the desk
  4. haravikk, Dec 12, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013

    haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    You haven't really given enough detail about what you want to use the desktop for, so it's hard to say. If you want to game on the Mac Mini then you'd best wait until it's updated.

    One advantage of the Mac Mini is that if you get a monitor with VESA mounting holes then you can actually attach the Mac Mini to it. Might not be possible if the updated Mini is much smaller, but on the current mini you can easily fit four holes on the bottom cover, which you can then screw onto a monitor with 100mm x 100mm (or narrower) mounting holes, just make sure the screws are the right size and don't have huge heaps and you can just twist the Mac Mini onto the back of your monitor.

    I recently did this with a family member's Mac Mini, basically turning the monitor into an all-in-one. With the Mac Mini aimed ports down it's also very neat for cable management :)
    If you don't fancy a DIY job like that then the Mac Mini fits pretty much anywhere, and you can place it on its side fairly neatly (and it doesn't seem to have cooling issues or anything), though I'd be wary of it tipping over. It can also go on a shelf to keep it out of the way, provided it has room for airflow. So while you pay a premium for it, the Mac Mini delivers its power in a very neat little package.

    You could definitely get a cheaper PC that might be more powerful, depending what you want it to do, but it's hard to get a compact machine that's as good as Mac Mini, at least not without making compromises on size or performance. Whenever it gets updated it should become even more competitive.
  5. El Hikaru macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2013
    Get it

    Depends on what are you using for.

    My case, ibook, MBP(IBM base), iMac(Intel), MBA(13 inch), MBA(11 inch, 13 was given to my sister), then Mac Mini.

    I have to tell you I love this machine.

    e-mail, web, picture storage, movie, whatever Mini is intended to perform well, performs well.
    I recently build a Windows PC to play game. With 4th gen i5, GTX 760, 8G memory makes me play any newest game at the maximum setting possible which Mini cannot.
    Then I realized, some tasks are faster in Mini even the spec is significantly lower than the bigger guy sitting next to him. Movies open and play quicker than PC, picture organization and backup is a few clicks away.
  6. Schnort macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    If that's via iTunes Windows it's because iTunes is a total pig in Windows.

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